Day of celebration for ambulance service

Lifestyle / Fri 17th Nov 2017 at 03:15pm

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A DAY of celebration recognised almost 200 staff and volunteers from the region’s ambulance service this week (Wednesday, 15th November).

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) held its Celebration of Learning to recognise the professional development and achievements of staff across the Trust, followed by the Celebration of Special Contribution, which recognised long service and those who have delivered excellence across a number of categories.

Held at Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Medical Science, in Chelmsford, the ceremonies welcomed more than 400 staff, volunteers, families and friends and distinguished guests and partners.

Chief Executive Robert Morton said: “None of the progress we have made in the past or will make in the future is possible without the compassion, commitment and contribution of all of our people, whether they be directors, managers, staff or volunteers supporting their communities. We also know that what they do is simply not possible without the support they receive from their families and loved ones. These people tirelessly support and encourage their loved ones and our colleagues which means they can do what they do best, support the community.”

Certificates were presented during the Celebration of Learning to those who qualified as ambulance care assistants, intermediate ambulance practitioners, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The afternoon event also saw those who had undertaken leadership qualifications presented with their awards.

The Celebration of Special Contribution heard cheers across the auditorium as staff were presented with medals for 20, 25, and 35 years’ long service and the Queen’s Medal for long service and good conduct – a medal especially for ambulance staff presented on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst.

Other awards recognised the long service of volunteers in the contribution they have made to their communities on behalf of the ambulance service, and outstanding contribution awards of CEO commendations and special contribution awards for those going above and beyond the call of duty either through their work, or patient care.

The Lynne Storrie Award for a student in training who has proved themselves to be exceptional was presented to Watford-based student paramedic Stephen Myhre. The award is in memory of ambulance technician Lynne Storrie who died in a road traffic collision whilst driving home from the Trust’s Bedford training centre in February 2001.

Other Awards from the night and Chief Commendations are listed below:

Chief Executive Officer Commendations:
Marc Betts
Lisa Gill
Both bravely and generously spoke out about their personal experiences of serious incidents at the Trust’s clinical briefing days.

Phil Smith
Laura Wallace
Both heroically dragged a man to safety moments before his car exploded.

Richard Smith
Managed not only an abusive caller at the scene of a traumatic job but then a very challenging incident, whereby his quick-actions resulted in the life of a suicidal woman being saved.

Corey Scourfield
Corey was on a red call in when he acted rapidly and instinctively when he drove past a man climbing over a bridge barrier, threatening to end his life. By the time he reached the man he had both legs over the railings and was about to jump. Without thought for his own safety, Corey grabbed the back of the man’s clothing and managed to drag him back over the railings to safety.

David King
Jane Salter
Both selflessly and heroically pulled a small child from the wreckage of a car after a collision, despite the vehicle being on fire. They gave exemplary car at the roadside to all those who were injured and professionally and calmly managed a traumatic incident.

Graham Welch
Sam Edlin
James Ashdown
Joanne Sheath
Michelle Gregory
This team used their quick-thinking and bravery to save a patient who had fallen down a manhole and severely injured his arm. Their teamwork, fearless approach to a challenging situation and speed of delivering top patient care meant the injured man was flown to hospital and on an operating table within an hour, giving him the best chance of recovery.

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